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Welcome to edition twelve of Insider Weekends. Insider buying decreased last week with insiders purchasing $31.62 million of their stock when compared to $45.76 million in the week prior. Selling dropped more significantly with insiders selling $395.72 million worth of stock when compared to $1.01 billion in the week prior.

Sell/Buy Ratio:

The insider Sell/Buy ratio is calculated by dividing the total insider sales in a given week by total insider buying in that week. The adjusted ratio for last week dropped to 12.51. In other words, insiders sold almost 13 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares favorably with the week prior when the ratio stood at 22.04. We are calculating an adjusted ratio by removing transactions by funds and companies and trying as best as possible only to retain information about insiders and 10% owners who are not funds or companies.

Sell Buy Ratio August 27 2010

Notable Insider Buys:

1. Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:CGX): $41.82

Shares of this general commercial printing company were purchased by two insiders:

  • CEO & Chairman of the Board Joe Davis acquired 145,821 shares, paying $37.49 per share for a total amount of $5.47 million
  • CFO & Accounting Officer Jon Biro acquired 10,000 shares, paying $37.68 per share for a total amount of $376,830

These are significant purchases by both the CEO and the CFO. The CFO tripled his stake from 5,000 shares to 15,000 shares with this purchase. CEO Joe Davis also purchased $7.6 million of CGX stock on May 12, 2010 and the stock jumped 19% the following day. When I sent my daily insider purchasing update to Special Reports subscribers on Friday, I wrote “Given the current state of the market, I expect reaction to be more muted this time but still expect the stock to trend higher in coming days.” Reaction was indeed muted this time but the stock still shot up nearly 7% on Friday.

P/E: 22.73 Forward P/E: 12.05 Industry P/E: 20.02
P/S: 0.45 Price/Book: 1.59 EV/EBITDA: 5.18
Market Cap: $482.81M Avg. Daily Volume: 102,871 52 Week Range: $19.13 – $48.48

2. Tower Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TOFC): $6.75

Shares of this bank holding company were purchased by five insiders:

  • Director V John Tippman Sr acquired 157,480 shares, paying $6.35 per share for a total amount of $999,998
  • Director Keith Busse acquired 157,480 shares, paying $6.35 per share for a total amount of $999,998
  • Director Joseph Ruffolo acquired 15,748 shares, paying $6.35 per share for a total amount of $100,000
  • Director Scott Glaze acquired 11,811 shares, paying $6.35 per share for a total amount of $75,000
  • Director Debra Niezer acquired 6,299 shares, paying $6.35 per share for a total amount of $39,999

These purchases were part of a private offering. Two directors purchased nearly $1 million of stock. Both of them own more than 10% of the company following this offering. I normally tend not to include offerings like these but the amount purchased by the directors for this regional bank with a market cap of just $27 million, made the purchase noteworthy.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: 9.51 Industry P/E: 13.77
P/S: 1.24 Price/Book: 0.58 EV/EBITDA: N/A
Market Cap: $28.73M Avg. Daily Volume: 1,952 52 Week Range: $3.63 – $8.25

3. Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE:LVLT): $1.03

Shares of this diversified communications services provider were purchased by six insiders:

  • Director Walter Scott Jr. acquired 1,575,000 shares, paying $1.05 per share for a total amount of $1.65 million
  • Director Arun Netravali acquired 100,000 shares, paying $1.05 per share for a total amount of $105,000
  • Director Michael Mahoney acquired 100,000 shares, paying $1.05 per share for a total amount of $105,000
  • Director Douglas Bradbury acquired 50,000 shares, paying $1.05 per share for a total amount of $52,500
  • Director John Reed acquired 50,000 shares, paying $1.05 per share for a total amount of $52,500
  • Director Douglas Eby acquired 25,000 shares, paying $1.05 per share for a total amount of $26,250

All the purchases were at $1.05, which made me wonder if these purchases were part of a stock offering. I could not find any information about an offering but at $2 million, this purchase is not significant for a company with an Enterprise Value of $7.54 billion.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: N/A Industry P/E: 20
P/S: 0.47 Price/Book: 114.44 EV/EBITDA: 9.68
Market Cap: $1.71B Avg. Daily Volume: 10,864,100 52 Week Range: $0.95 – $1.77

4. Tyco Electronics, Ltd. (NYSE:TEL): $24.94

Director Frederic Poses acquired 40,000 shares of this diversified electronics company, paying $25.49 per share for a total amount of $1.02 million

P/E: 12.68 Forward P/E: 8.91 Industry P/E: 15.13
P/S: 0.96 Price/Book: 1.65 EV/EBITDA: 6.04
Market Cap: $11.15B Avg. Daily Volume: 2,987,030 52 Week Range: $20.9 – $32.98

5. Complete Production Services, Inc. (NYSE:CPX): $17.21

Director Harold Hamm acquired 60,000 shares of this oilfield service provider, paying $16.7 per share for a total amount of $1 million

This purchase by Mr. Hamm is interesting because his previous purchases were during the height of the financial crisis in March and June 2009 when the stock was trading at a small fraction of its current price.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: 12.38 Industry P/E: 23.2
P/S: 1.12 Price/Book: 1.75 EV/EBITDA: 9.13
Market Cap: $1.34B Avg. Daily Volume: 1,726,650 52 Week Range: $8.2 – $20

Notable Insider Sales:

1. Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI): $41.09

Director David Abrams sold 883,801 shares of this wireless communications tower company, for $40.99 per share generating $36.23 million. These shares were sold indirectly through funds and this was the fourth week that CCI has shown up on our list. Despite a very rich valuation, investors have continued to bid this company higher with the stock up nearly 10% over the last month even as the S&P 500 is down more than 3%.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: 114.14 Industry P/E: 20
P/S: 6.62 Price/Book: 4.73 EV/EBITDA: 17.44
Market Cap: $11.93B Avg. Daily Volume: 2,156,630 52 Week Range: $25.79 – $41.54

2. Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL): $57.36

Two insiders sold shares of this consumer goods company:

  • Chairman, Clinique Labs, Ronald Lauder sold 350,000 shares at an average selling price of $56.61 per share, generating $19.81 million
  • Chairman Emeritus Leonard Lauder sold 50,000 shares at an average selling price of $56.89 per share, generating $2.84 million
P/E: 24.07 Forward P/E: 16.3 Industry P/E: 17.28
P/S: 1.43 Price/Book: 5.75 EV/EBITDA: 9.61
Market Cap: $11.29B Avg. Daily Volume: 1,938,590 52 Week Range: $33.14 – $71.29

3. Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU): $42.94

Chairman of Exec. Committee Scott Cook sold 300,000 shares of this technology and application software services provider at $42.78 per share, generating $12.83 million. These shares were sold indirectly through a trust. A number of other insiders also sold Intuit stock but those sales were as a result of exercising options.

P/E: 24.31 Forward P/E: 15.73 Industry P/E: 25
P/S: 3.85 Price/Book: 4.71 EV/EBITDA: 11.32
Market Cap: $13.48B Avg. Daily Volume: 3,997,070 52 Week Range: $27.2 – $44.85

4. Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM): $111.48

Two insiders sold shares of this Software as a Service (SaaS) provider:

  • Director Stratton Sclavos sold 8,200 shares at $109.15 per share, generating $895,025.
  • President, Global Corporate Sales Frank van Veenendaal sold 4,462 shares at $112.46 per share, generating $501,786.

A number of other insiders including CEO Marc Benioff also sold stock but those sales were either part of a scheduled 10b5-1 plan or as a result of exercising options.

P/E: 199.78 Forward P/E: 73.34 Industry P/E: 25
P/S: 9.77 Price/Book: 11.46 EV/EBITDA: 82.24
Market Cap: $14.43B Avg. Daily Volume: 2,739,620 52 Week Range: $50.76 – $114.15

5. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. (NYSE:SMG): $48.72

Shares of this lawn and garden care products company were sold by four insiders:

  • CEO & Chairman James Hagedorn sold 60,004 shares at $48.58 per share, generating $2.91 million
  • 10% owner Paul Hagedorn sold 118,477 shares at $48.58 per share, generating $5.76 million
  • 10% owner Peter Hagedorn sold 8,019 shares at $48.58 per share, generating $389,526

These shares were sold indirectly through Hagedorn Partnership.

  • EVP & CFO David Evans sold 26,795 shares at $49.04 per share, generating $1.31 million. 23,795 of these shares were sold as a result of exercising options.
P/E: 14.78 Forward P/E: 13.17 Industry P/E: 17.39
P/S: 0.96 Price/Book: 3.84 EV/EBITDA: 8.38
Market Cap: $3.26B Avg. Daily Volume: 496,338 52 Week Range: $37.5 – $50.38
Source: Notable Buys and Sells: Consolidated Graphics, Estee Lauder